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Colorado Climbing Company Guide Service and Climbing School
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Winter Alpine Skills Clinic
Winter climbing in Colorado is a completely different ballgame than the spring and summer. Blowing snow and sub-zero temperatures make navigation and progress difficult. Understanding how to climb in balance on snow and the basic use of crampons and ice axes is very important. Knowing how where is safe to climb and where to avoid is not intuitive. Just knowing how to stay warm in winter can be a life or death situation.

    ​​During this alpine skills clinic, held in American Basin, participants will learn the basic skills for winter climbs. While there participants will try to utilize these skills to attempt the nearby 14ers or 13ers. Additionally, they will spend several nights in the backcountry learning winter camping and navigation skills.

    This is an ideal training for those who wish to pursue winter climbing on a regular basis or are interested in using winter climbing as Denali and Alaska prep.​​
  • Previous climbing, hiking, and camping experience is important but not necessary. Please call if you have questions about the skills necessary to participate in this course.
What to Bring
  • While meals are provided, participants must provide snacks for themselves during the day.
  • Warm clothing appropriate to cold weather. A full packing list will be sent upon sign up.
  • A 45-60 liter pack works well.
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses.
  • All climbing equipment including boots and crampons is provided but you can bring your own if you desire.
What You Will Learn
  • Basic ice climbing techniques to conserve energy and swing properly as well as instruction on belaying and tying in for ice and snow.
  • Basic winter navigation and backcountry travel, packing, and survival skills.
  • Snow climbing skills such as self arrest and basic use of crampons and ice axes.
  • Tips to stay warm and comfortable.
2018 Dates:
To book your trip send us an e-mail at info@coclimbing or call 719-209-6649
If you do not see a date that works for you we also offer this at our custom rates at your convenience. Previous clients receive a 10% discount on this class.
January 14th-18th
February 16th-20th​
​March 9th-13th
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